Sambu villagers renew appeal to rectify botched PMGSY road works
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 15th Sep: Inhabitants of Sambu area in eastern Ukhrul region have renewed their appeal to the authorities concerned to make necessary rectifications of the faulty alignment in the construction of Shirui-Kachouphung road via Sahamphung (previously Hamlang) block headquarters under PMGSY scheme.
Addressing a press conference, on behalf of the aggrieved villagers, in Ukhrul town here on Sunday, Sambu Raiping Long (SRL) president AS Nathan and local area development committee member LM Abel said that they are making the appeal again to the state authorities to take swift actions towards rectification of the defective alignment of the said roadway as per the resolution adopted by SRL Assembly meeting held in Ukhrul town on September 14.
According to the SRL leaders, during the meeting, the villagers unanimously resolved to pursue realignment or rectification of the faulty gradients, before the construction agencies proceed to take up blacktopping works.
At the same time, they also mentioned that the state cabinet had approved rectification of all faulty gradients in the road construction during the sitting of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly held in February this year. "While we are grateful to the government for the consideration, we remind the state authorities to fulfil the same at the earliest in the interest of the poor villagers," they said.
They maintained that as per norms under the scheme, all works pertaining to earth cutting, drainage, culvert installation and shingling should be completed in stage l. "But far from our expectations, the alignment of the road has been botched up, rendering it totally un-motorable. Not even drainage, culvert or shingling works have been done, but unless the steep gradients are realigned or rectified, the construction will remain a waste," they contended.
In this regard, the villagers are ready to oppose the execution of stage ll which is blacktopping, they continued, adding that proper alignment is fundamental for a proper roadway that will benefit the border villagers.
Nathan and Abel then recalled that groundwork for the construction started back in 2008 under Phase VI, and ever since, the execution has been dragging on without completion. They further accused the department and engineers concerned of bluffing the inhabitants of the region by bungling the construction despite repeated pleadings by the villagers for a motorable roadway. The said road spanning about 130 km from Shirui village to Kachouphung area covers around 26 villages in the border region.